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Wolters Kluwer Health: Pharmacy OneSource announces Free Webinar on Antibiotic Resistance in Infection Prevention


The threat of antibiotic resistance is constantly in the news, especially infection prevention news. In this webinar, Eileen O'Rourke, MT (ASCP), MPH, CIC will discuss the various threat levels of different bacteria, why resistance occurs, the morbidity and mortality of resistant infections, and what we can do to help prevent them. In addition, she will look at the fascinating science of microbiomes, including the definition, the relationship of antibiotic resistance to the microbiome, and how microbiota may affect other systems. Lastly, she wi... Read More »

Novartis announces exclusive agreement to extend leadership in ophthalmology, leveraging novel anti-PGDF therapy Fovista®


"Novartis is committed to addressing key unmet needs in medical retina. Fovista in combination with currently available anti-VEGF treatments could further improve outcomes of patients suffering from avoidable vision loss," said David Epstein, Division Head, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. "If approved, Fovista is expected to be the first to market in this class of therapies for wet AMD confirming our commitment and leadership in the ophthalmology space." Fovista offers a new mechanism of action to address unmet need to further improve visual acuit... Read More »

3M petrifilm salmonella express system receives first AOAC official methods of analysis validation


3M Food Safety announced today that its 3M™ Petrifilm™ Salmonella Express System has been validated through AOAC INTERNATIONAL as a First Action Official Method of Analysis (OMA method number 2014.01) for the detection of Salmonella in raw ground beef, cooked breaded chicken nuggets, raw ground chicken, raw ground pork, pasteurized liquid whole egg, fresh shrimp, fresh spinach, dry pet food and stainless steel. A complete review of the study conducted for the AOAC-OMA validation will be published by the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC INTE... Read More »

Barco adds new image-enhancing technologies to successful mammography display for optimal breast screening and diagnosis


Enhancing clinical performance Patented image-enhancing technologies, such as Per Pixel UniformityTM (PPU) to remove disturbing screen noise and Barco’s I-GuardTM front-of-screen photometer, help enhance image quality for optimal breast screening. Equipped with a high-bright LED backlight, Coronis 5MP LED renders more JNDs (Just Noticeable Differences) to help radiologists see more shades of gray. Additionally, Coronis 5MP LED now offers a higher calibrated luminance – 600 cd/m² – to increase detection of the smallest details. Thanks to t... Read More »

New study projects health care costs to increase more slowly


In a national survey of 126 insurers and administrators, Buck measured the projected average annual increase in employer-provided health care benefit costs. Insurers and administrators providing medical trends for the survey cover a total of approximately 119 million people. Some survey respondents cited reduced utilization as the primary reason for the decrease. “This may be a result of the economic slowdown and its impact on consumers’ willingness to seek medical treatment,” said Harvey Sobel, FSA, a Buck principal and consulting actuary ... Read More »

Campground-themed X-Ray adventure series first in South Carolina region


The staff at the new clinic is catered to pediatric after-hour care needs when their pediatrician’s office may be closed. A small clinic setting, as opposed to a large hospital, is often appealing to parents of frightened children. All equipment is sized specifically for children. The Cozy Camp Adventure Series gives children the chance to be scanned in a specialized sleeping bag an impressive camp setting. The Adventure X-ray room starts with a Bear Brook Adventure coloring book that’s given to child when an X-ray is needed. The coloring book ... Read More »

Tata Power organises homeopathy health camp in Jojobera

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Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, endeavours to provide health care facilities to communities living in and around its project areas. In another such initiative, Tata Power’s Jojobera team organised a special homeopathy health camp under ‘Project Arogya’ at the community development centre in the Govindpur area. The objective of the camp was to provide a free medical check-up and health care facilities to the communities. The camp acts as a platform for Tata Power Jamshedpur employees to engage and interact with community... Read More »

Novartis settles patent litigation on Gleevec® (imatinib mesylate) with Sun Pharma subsidiary


As a result of the settlement, Novartis will permit Sun Pharma's subsidiary to market a generic version of Gleevec in the United States on February 1, 2016. The terms of the settlement agreement are otherwise confidential. Sun Pharma's subsidiary has received tentative approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its generic version of imatinib mesylate. Patents are vital to the ability of innovative companies like Novartis to invest in high-risk research to advance breakthrough treatments for patients without treatment option... Read More »

Roche to present new data on 27 different medicines at ASCO


“Since the first ASCO annual meeting 50 years ago, we are proud to have contributed practice-changing advances for people with a broad range of tumors including breast, blood, colorectal, lung, and skin cancers,” said Sandra Horning, Chief Medical Officer and Head, Global Product Development. “Data from 9 approved and 18 investigational medicines, such as our anti-PDL1 immunotherapy, at ASCO this year demonstrate our continued commitment to improve outcomes for people with cancer.” The data to be presented at ASCO show the depth and strength of... Read More »

American College of Physicians, CECity, and Pfizer collaborate to increase adult immunization rates


The goal of this public health initiative is to meet the National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s standards for adult immunization. The standards call on all health care providers to assess vaccine status at each visit, strongly recommend vaccinations to patients, administer or refer for immunization, and document vaccination. Current vaccination rates for recommended vaccines in the U.S. fall far short of those goals, with all rates well below 70 percent and fraught with racial and ethnic disparities1. “As a national organization of internists... Read More »

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